20 August 2017

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressing a ceremony marking the beginning of new academic year of 2017-2018 in Kabul University on Thursday said that the current higher education system does not meet the needs of the economic and political requirements of the country and the needs of Afghan youths, a statement from the presidential palace said.
Thanking the honorary doctorate degree given to him by Kabul University, the President hoped future presidents of Afghanistan to be graduated from this university.
The president asked the new students to take Afghanistan out from insecurity to security, from poverty to stability and relief, from disunity to unity and from war to peace.
Meanwhile, the President called for a systematic change to be put in place in the country’s higher education system and curricula.  He said that education must be provided in both national languages Dari and Pashto and need to be standardized.
“We should bravely accept this reality that the higher education system which we have inherited does not meet the economic, political, administrative necessities of the country and the demands of our new generation, “he said.  The president also called for more work and investments to be done on Afghanistan’s national languages.
The president also said that unhealthy discussions inside the campus was not acceptable.
“There is place for negative linguistic discussions inside the universities.  Notes and lessons must be taught in both languages and proper ground should be paved for this purpose.  We spend one million dollar for one kilometer of read, but we can spend one million dollars on our educational curricula.  Hire some translators and change the whole thing,” President Ghani said.
According to Ghani, the quality of education in the country was not sufficient in the country was not sufficient to nourish the talent and abilities of the Afghan youths and that there is need to update the education system equivalent to international standards.
“You are still teaching what my father was being taught,” President Ghani told the university teachers.  He said that the new curriculum should meet the demands in next 25 years at minimum.
Meanwhile the President proposed awards for the best planning of the educational curriculum, national debate of the universities, cultural missions, strengthening entrepreneurship centers of the universities , technology and research at universities and for effective governance at higher education sector.
“I want Afghan university degrees to be accepted in the regional countries and the world,” he said.
The president also hinted to holding of academic seminars, saying the main theme should be of the national issues.
Meanwhile dean of Kabul University Hamidullah Farooqi said the university was at its 85th year, adding the country’s famous leaders, intellectuals and heroes were graduated from this institution.  He also briefed the audience on works done and upcoming plans of the university, asking government to renew policy on lecturer’s salaries and students fees.
Acting minister of Higher Education said his Ministry’s 10 –year strategic plans to focus standardization of the higher education in the country.
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Saudi Welfare Committee has provided carpets, books, cabinets and computers worth $68141 to Abu Hanifa Darul Uloom.
The assistance has been provided by the committee based on agreement worth $ 1 million signed in 2013 between Saudi embassy to Kabul and ministry of education.
Based on the agreement, the committee has so far provided 124,000 religious books, school boxes and copies of Holy Quran to various schools and madrasas relevant to ministry of education.
In second phase, the committee has constructed and equipped libraries of government big religious madrasas in various parts of the country.
The library of the respective Darul Uloom was provided books, cabinets, desks, chairs and computers worth $ 68141 and submitted to Afghan government officials on Monday.
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and his delegation on Friday met with Afghan traders and investors in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana during which both sides discussed variety of issues, his office said in a statement.
In the meeting, Kazakhstan based Afghan traders briefed the CE over their progress and life condition in the host country, according to the statement.
The Afghan traders said that lack of Afghan banks’ branches, long –term visa, work residence and lack of warehouses were among their main problems in Kazakhstan, the statement added.
They suggested the CE to meet Kazakh officials and find solution to their problems, the statement continued.
Furthermore, they pointed out that many Afghan traders are living in Almaty and asked for transferring Afghanistan’s economic attaché from Astana to Almaty, the statement added.
After hearing the participants’ problems, the CE said the problems would be solved through related ministries.
The CE added he would also talk with Kazakh Prime Minister and share the Afghan traders’ problems with him and after mutual conversations, both sides would reach an agreement.
The Afghan and Kazakh companies’ problems would be seriously assessed, so to find an appropriate solutions, the CE added.
On intergovernmental commission meeting, Dr. Abdullah said further steps have been taken to bolster relations between the two countries.
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) and and Afghanistan’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) signed a memorandum of understanding here the other day, BNA reported.
According to the agency, the MoU was signed by Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari acting minister of information and culture and ATRA director Dr. Mohammad Najib Azizi.
Based on the MoU, ATRA would equipped ministry of information and culture’s public library with modern equipment worth hundred thousands of USD. 
The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority to also equip the ministry’s national achieve with modern facilities worth 300 USD in 2018.
Addressing the ceremony acing minister of information and culture said, the cooperation MoU was aimed to protect national archive’s documents as well as to case people with essential reading facilities at the public libraries.  He said public libraries of Badghis, Ghor, Urozgan, Paktika and Zabul provinces to be also digitalized.
Meanwhile ATRA director said his institution was ready to cooperate with ministry of information and culture on different spheres.  He said ATRA would finance the ministry’s projects.
ATRA director went on saying his organization was making ort to widespread telecom services across the villages, educational centers and government agencies.
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has greeted the government and people of Afghanistan on their 98th anniversary of independence.
The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future,” Tillerson said in a message on Friday.
Afghanistan had made significant economic, political, and social progress in the last 16 years, he noted, praising the Afghan people’s dedication to building a more democratic and peaceful country.
“Our strong friendship will Afghanistan is based on our mutual dedication to helping the Afghan people secure a safe and prosperous future.  Today, the US joins the people of Afghanistan in celebrating your independence,” Tillerson said.
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday attended an official ceremony to mark Afghanistan’s 98th independence anniversary and laid a wreath at the Independence Minaret at the ministry of defense, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, former president Hamid Karzai, Hindia daughter of King Amanullah Khan, second deputy to chief executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, chief justice Sayed Yousuf Halim, national security advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, NDS directorate Mohammad Masoum Stanekzai and some other government and foreign officials also attended the ceremony, according to the statement.
 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) East parts of the country once again are witness of Pakistani forces rocket attacks.
According to reports, about 36 rockets fired by Pakistani forces from other side of Durand Line on parts of Nangarhar province, but had no human losses.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, the rockets were fired by Pakistani forces from other side of Durand Line on parts of Nangarhar province.
He said, tens residents of the regions were forced to leave their homes.
The rocket attacks of these forces started 5 years ago and still continues.
T. Yarzada
 

Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:36

ISIS Leader Gunned Down By Taliban Militants

Thursday August 17, 2017

Shaberghan City (BNA) A top leader of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) was gunned down and killed by Taliban militants in northern Jawzjan province the other day.
Aminullah Amin district governor of Qush Tepa told BNA local reporter, recently Anwarulhaq a senior local commander of Taliban militants had joined with ISIS terrorist group that the commander was killed by Taliban fighters in Shir Baig village of Qush Tepa district the other day.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday August 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As many as 57 armed oppositions were killed during clearing operations led by Afghan security troops within the last 24 hours in 14 provinces of the country.
In addition, 35 other militants were wounded during the operations.
Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operations were conducted to annihilate armed rebels and ensure peace and stability in various parts of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Logar, Khost, Zabul, Kandahar, Urozgan, Badghis, Baghlan, Faryab and Helmand provinces.  
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday August 17, 2017

Taleqan City (BNA) Contract of Wolf (Gorg) water canal has been signed between Takhar’ governor and in-charge of JTZ organization the other day.
Dr. Fazlullah Mujadadi governor of Takhar told BNA local correspondent, the water canal to be construct at the cost of USD 1,340,000 funded by JTZ-Germany organization in Bangi district of Takhar province.
By construction of the canal 2750 acres of land will be irrigated and work opportunities to be provided for hundreds local citizens during the implementation of the project, Mujadadi added.
T/M.A.Ansari   
 

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